Summer Music in the Secret Garden 2016
Our free Summer Music nights are a great time to hear talented singer/songwriters from around the West Coast while enjoying authentic German BBQ, beverages, and the company of locals and travelers alike! We welcome you to bring your loved ones and friends over for the fun!
Every Tuesday Night from June 14th to August 30th, 2016 at 6:30pm – 9:30pm.
Sign up for open mic spots at the events.
June 14 – Dan Dover
Dan Dover has been writing songs for over 35 years.
He plays solo acoustic guitar based shows revolving around original contemporary folk music and select covers.
June 21 – Anne Weiss with Andy Goncalves
Anne Weiss studied classical piano, joined a street gang, became a mountaineer, developed a guitar obsession, worked as a political organizer, learned to salsa dance, and became addicted to delta blues; and yes, you will hear it all in her music. Combining contemporary folk, blues, acoustic funk, gospel music, and smatterings of classical phrasing and Latin rhythms, Anne is known for her enormous bluesy voice, great guitar chops, and striking stage presence.
Accompanying Anne Weiss is Andrew Gonçalves. Andy is a Portland based singer/songwriter who puts all of himself into the music….every strum, drumbeat, and belted out melody that he sings. His guitar playing is clean and diverse, varying from fingerstyle to percussive with some flamenco overtones. His music and lyrics are infused with his time out on the road of life, and the timeless search for home. “His lyrical and generous songs come from some deep experience – maybe joy, maybe pain……One gets the sense that he really means what he’s singing. He’s a performer for sure, but also a herald of life’s exquisite complexity.” Andrew recorded his first album with the band “Boa Saida” back in 2010 and has just completed his long awaited first solo album, Fire Inside.
Robin Greene-Jacobs has been teaching and performing for audiences all over the country and other parts of the world. She shares her experiences in thoughtfully crafted stories of love, loss and life. Robin will be joined in by special-guests Woody Moran and Andy Bardescheweski.
July 12 – The Winterlings
Wolff and Amanda, The Winterlings, met one night at a party where a Buddhist ritual had just taken place in a backyard fire
pit. The ritual consisted of writing, on small slips of paper, wishes that would burn in the flames so their smoke might lift them into the wind and make them real. Wolff burned his wish and Amanda arrived an hour later. A year later they drove to
Oregon where they knew no one, and wrote their first two albums. With songs as vivid as f
eature films, this alt-folk duo takes listeners soaring with astronauts above a warming planet, hitchhiking from Alaska with a fisherman heading home to propose to his beloved, witnessing the struggle of a girl in the storm of social anxiety, and walking deeper into the forest of human existence. Their latest album, You Are Acres, has been called “gorgeous” (Paste) and “the kind of album clearly capable of casting its spell, and once that’s accomplished, it refuses to let go” (No Depression). Featuring male and female lead vocals and harmonies, guitar, violin, banjitar, percussion and more, The Winterlings build bonfires of sound to dance and dream beside.
July 19 – J. Wagner
J Wagner is a songwriter from Austin, TX who spends the majority of his time writing songs and touring the U.S. to perform them. Raised in the deserts of New Mexico and one time Park Ranger of Joshua Tree National Park, Wagner often draws his lyrics from this desert landscape. His song/cowrite “If I Go, I’m Goin’ “, has been covered by the country artist, Bart Crow, by the Denver symphony orchestra, and also appears on Season Four of the TV show Californication. He co-writes often with his long-time friend Gregory Alan Isakov. Two of these co-writes appear on his new 2014 release, The Runaway Kid. Wagner has been dubbed “A number one best bet” by the Austin American-Statesman, The Dallas Morning News has called him “A Texas folk music staple”, and the Austin Chronicle gives “The Runaway Kid” a perfect “Four Stars” and refers to Wagner as “A commander of words and ideation”.
July 26 – The Better Halves
The Better Halves are an Austin, TX-based husband-wife musical duo. They met when Jimmy Joe was booking music at the local farmers market, and Chrissie was looking for a gig that included fresh veggies. A decade later, they have just released their third CD, a really fun and creative children’s CD called “Playing in the Dirt” (under their alter ego, Mr. Bus Driver Man Sir and Her). They are touring the west coast for the fourth year in a row and always entertain audiences with a song that they learned to play with four hands on one guitar! Their music inspires and amuses, with clever lyrics and outstanding instrumentation (usually on two guitars). Their onstage banter is reminiscent of Johnny Cash and June Carter.
They each have some fine accomplishments, including Jimmy Joe having one of his songs played on NPR’s “Car Talk”, and Chrissie performing live on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Jimmy Joe is also a school bus driver, which is where many of their children’s songs begin their existence. Chrissie is an acupuncturist who believes in many forms of healing, including the power of music to soothe and bring joy. Together, they continue writing Texas swing, bluegrass, and Brazilian flavored tunes, sing sweet vocal harmonies, and tour from Alaska to Mexico, with one of their favorite stops along the way being the Secret Garden in Portland!
August 2 – Tess Creasy and Kelly Brightwell
Tess Creasy is many things, a dreamer and a friend, an artist and an extreme life-enthusiast, but above all she is a songwriter, with a creative knack for turning life experiences into song lyrics. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Creasy’s love of music began at a young age, when she began listening to artists like Hannah Montana and Taylor Swift. While her singing voice began to arise as a toddler, she only began to play piano and guitar at the later age of eight years old. “We never ask her to practice, she’s always playing,” says Janet Creasy, mother of Tess. She describes her music genre as “indie pop, singer/songwriter-y” like artists Ingrid Michaelson and Ed Sheeran.
Kelly Brightwell’s finely crafted songs have won her numerous accolades: second place in the 2014 and 2015 Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, finalist in the 2014 IAMA Susanne Millsaps Songwriter Showcase, and another honorable mention in the 2014 Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriting Contest. With a new band on board, and a standout sophomore album, Kelly has returned to music-making with all the wisdom of her past, and hope for a bright future.
August 9 – Dan Weber
Award Winning songwriter Dan Weber has been described as “The Classic Mid-Life Overnight Sensation.” A gifted storyteller & engaging performer, in 2015 Weber won the prestigious Winfield, Kansas ‘NewSong’ contest for Oh Woody, his tribute to Woody Guthrie that rose to #2 on the Folk charts and he became a rare 3 time finalist in the legendary Kerrville ‘New Folk’ competition. An ex-Park Ranger, his songs have been described as “reminiscent of early John Prine” and legendary Folk troubadour Ramblin’ Jack Elliott said “I love Dan’s songs and he tells really good stories.” The UK’s Maverick Magazine said: “4 Stars: The touch of a true Master Craftsman songwriter.”
August 16 – Andy Goncalves with Boa Saida
Andrew Gonçalves is a Portland based singer/songwriter who puts all of himself into the music….every strum, drumbeat, and belted out melody that he sings. His guitar playing is clean and diverse, varying from fingerstyle to percussive with some flamenco overtones. His music and lyrics are infused with his time out on the road of life, and the timeless search for home. “His lyrical and generous songs come from some deep experience – maybe joy, maybe pain……One gets the sense that he really means what he’s singing. He’s a performer for sure, but also a herald of life’s exquisite complexity.” Andrew recorded his first album with the band “Boa Saida” back in 2010 and has just completed his long awaited first solo album, Fire Inside.
Matt Meighan mixes his originals with songs by fellow songwriters and older songs from the folk and blues traditions. His commitments to good writing and “truth-telling” are evident in the songs he chooses and the songs he writes. Since 2009 he has taught a weekly Songwriting as Truth-Telling class at Artichoke Music. Matt co-founded and hosts the annual Hidden River Songwriting Camp each July. This week’s open mic will feature participants from this year’s camps.
August 30th – Maris Otter
Maris Otter is an old-time string band from Portland, Oregon. Sean Burke and Andy Sheie formed the band as a duo in 2008 based on their shared love of old-time fiddle tunes and harmony singing, and, as a duo, freely switched between guitar, banjo, and fiddle as the tunes required. The duo expanded to a full band in 2013 with the addition of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Bagdonas, and Lucas Jones, but even as a full band the members continue to trade instruments over the course of their sets. The band has performed at venues around the Willamette Valley and at the annual Portland Old-Time Music Gathering, and can be found on the first Sunday of every month playing tunes in the corner booth at Saraveza in North Portland.
Our 2016 season is fully booked. To apply for a featured artist performance in 2017, please contact our music committee.